National Multiple Sclerosis Society
In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise is helpful in managing many MS symptoms.
Physical activity can be a regular part of staying healthy if you have MS. Includes tips on handling MS symptoms.
Illustrated manual showing range of motion, stretching, and balance exercises for at-home program.
In addition to being essential to general health and well-being, exercise and physical activity are helpful in managing many MS symptoms. Studies of aerobic exercise programs for people living with MS show some of the benefits to be improvements in:
An exercise program should fit your interests and abilities. It may need to be adjusted overtime. A physical therapist or fitness professional knowledgeable about MS can also be helpful in designing an individualized exercise program.
To find adaptive sports and recreation opportunities for people living with MS, check out the Exploring Recreational Activities page.
Exercise doesn't have to be a rigorous cardiovascular workout to provide benefits. Physical activity in general is beneficial and can include a variety of things most people can do in the comfort of their home or community. Physical activity includes but is not limited to:
Stretching Exercise Tips for MS
Stretching can improve muscle tightness, spasticity and range of motion.
Aerobic Exercise Tips for MS
Aerobic exercise can improve fatigue, strength, mood and cognitive function.
Breathing Exercise Tips for MS
Structured relaxation techniques can reduce fatigue and help manage stress.
Sit and Be Fit - Non profit organization that offers a variety of exercise DVDs, books and videos. Exercise classes are available on TV (PBS) and online.
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